An Apple A Day…
We’ve all heard it, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But what kind of apple?
There are many varieties of apples:
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
- Granny Smith
People usually gravitate to a favorite apple variety. Mine is Fuji. It’s tart and crisp. All apples have similar nutritional value. But when it comes to limiting the risks of obesity, you might start shopping for the Granny Smith.
Granny Smith Apples and Obesity
Washington State University has discovered that Granny Smith apples have more non-digestible compounds than all other varieties. This benefits the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut. Which, in turn, stabilizes metabolic processes that influence inflammation and the sensation of feeling satisfied.
Apples in general are high in fiber and make you feel fuller. They are also low in calories. Studies suggest that if you eat your apple 15 minutes before a meal, you’ll be less hungry and eat fewer calories.
Additional Benefits of Eating Apples
- Regular Bowel Movements – The fiber found in apples can help with constipation and diarrhea. It can pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up. Or, absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.
- Reduced Cholesterol – The soluble fiber found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, lowering cholesterol levels.
- Prevents Gallstones – Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain as a liquid, so it solidifies.
- Detoxifies Your Liver – Eating an apple a day is one of the best and easiest things to help detoxify your liver.
- Decreases Diabetes Risk – Apple’s soluble fiber reduces blood sugar swings.
- Curbs Cancer – Apple peels contain several compounds that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Having personally gone through colon cancer in 2011, it is important to me to keep my colon healthy. One way of doing this is by eating at least one apple a day. I try to make sure that I include cut up apple slices for my kids breakfast or lunch too.
Have you had your apple today? Make it a top priority on your To-Do list. The benefits are proven!